GWAEA Digital Learning Update

to ensure success for all learners - December 2014

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Our New Blog and Resource Site -

The GWAEA digital learning team has been hard at work getting our new resource site and blog up and running! We are still in a transition, but go take a look! More to come and it will be getting better all of the time!
Frozen - Hour of Code Introduction

Join the Hour of Code December 8 - 14, 2014

What are you doing for the Hour of Code next week?

There are lots of great resources out there to get you started. Take a look at!

Or contact your technology consultant to give you some ideas. We have some coding and robotics resources on our site. Go take a look!

Maybe even code with Ana and Elsa! See the video above.

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Teachers help select assistive technology for their students

Why It Matters

Teachers who are involved in assistive technology decisions feel greater ownership over the process, and they are more likely to use assistive technology in their classrooms (CAST, 2013).

Did you know Grant Wood AEA offers Assistive Technology consultants who serve our districts! Consultants' contact info and PD information can be found our AT Site. You can also contact our AT Lead Julie Freed,

Below is how GWAEA teachers responded who participated in the BrightBytes Clarity survey.

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Hope, Engagement, and Well-being of America's Students

Wednesday, Jan. 7th 2015 at 1-3:30pm

4401 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA

An education that makes students hopeful and prepared to find good jobs isn't just important to America's future - it should be a fundamental right of every student in the country. Gallup has surveyed millions of students to uncover and understand what matters most to student success.Tim Hodges, Director of Research for Gallup’s Education Practice will share results of the Gallup Student Poll measuring hope, engagement, and well-being.


EdCamp Iowa is Coming Soon!

Saturday, Jan. 31st 2015 at 8am

2501 Bradford Dr

Iowa City, IA

EdCampIowa is for educators, students, parents, board members, policymakers, community members, and anyone that cares about education. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices are encouraged. Oh, and it's FREE!

What is an EdCamp?

EdCamp sessions are NOT 'sit and get' presentations. EdCamps are about discussion and thinking and problem-solving. We build the agenda first thing in the morning and then spend the rest of the day talking, sharing, and learning. Come prepared to participate!

Here is a link with more information and to register!
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